Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

May 20, 2012

Taman Negara – 120518

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Taman Negara.

A late start for me. I did not get out of bed until 8 or so. I was dog-tired and the trekkers were playing music till late at night. So, after an unusual western meal of toast and eggs and coffee, I headed over the river to the National Park.

Wedge-tailed Green-pigeon
Wedge-tailed Green-pigeon (Treron sphenura)

I met some bird photographers from Singapore and I traipsed along with them. Inside the park resort where all the bungalows are, we spotted a whole heap of birds in this tree. I thought this one was a Pink-necked at first but it wasn’t.

Thick-billed Green-Pigeon
male Thick-billed Green-Pigeon (Treron curvirostra)

And another species of Green-Pigeon came feeding in the same tree. We stayed there for ages.

Black-and-Yellow Broadbill
Black-and-Yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus)

This bird is really bizarre as it has a flat blue bill. Weird, hey?

Greater Green Leafbird
Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati)

And yet another extreme-looking bird. This one was a Greater Green Leafbird. Good for hiding in trees.

Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot
Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot (Loriculus galgulus)

And still in the same tree, I could not believe my eyes when I had a look at this photo. Hey, its a parrot, I said. First one I have seen in South-asia so far.

male Asian Fairy-Bluebird
male Asian Fairy-Bluebird (Irena puella)

And yet another striking looking bird. Still at the tree. Have not moved out of the resort yet.

Spectacled Spiderhunter
Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster)

Finally we moved into the jungle and Ron pulled out his music player and started playing bird calls to bring in the babblers. A few came along but my camera could not get a picture. I can only get up to ISO1600 and an aperture of f/5.6. Totally inadequate for the under-storey of a rainforest. Luckily this one moved out into the sunlight for me. Thanks.

female Crimson-winged Woodpecker
female Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus)

On the way back, I spotted this woodpecker. At first I thought it was a flameback, but no. It did not have the black stripes on the face. All in all, it was a good day’s birding for me as I photographed 8 new species. But photographically, it was pretty ordinary. Today’s photos I would classify as record shots only, except maybe for the spiderhunter one. I rescued that quite well.

Bird List for Taman Negara 18/5/2012

female Wedge-tailed Green-pigeon (Treron sphenura)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Black-and-Yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus)
male Thick-billed Green-Pigeon (Treron curvirostra)
Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot (Loriculus galgulus)
Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)
Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati)
Asian Fairy-Bluebird (Irena puella)
Plain sunbird
Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster)
female Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus)
Black-naped Oriole
Oriental Magpie-Robin
Grey-crowned Babbler
Black-capped Babbler

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